In about 12 hours I will be back at school, a place that I left happily on the sunny afternoon of December 17, anticipating and then getting a snow day on the 18th. I haven't been back since. That PILE of papers I brought home to correct hasn't left my bag. Tomorrow I will wake up earlier than I have all of Christmas break. I will slip slide away down the sheet of ice that is my alley. I will park over in BFE and trudge into school, coffee cup in hand. I will be assaulted with the overly bright flourescent lights in the hallway and the loud voices of students who are psyched to see their friends and show off new clothing and accessory purchases made with Christmas and Hannukah money but NOT to do any actual, well, you know, learning.
So, to make my day all the more interesting, I'm going to make a game out of it. I am positive that I will encounter the following during each of my classes tomorrow:
1. Student who asks "Can we have a free day today?"
2. Student who asks "Can we just sleep today?"
3. Student who asks "What are we doing today?", and not in an enthusiastic way.
4. Student who comes in insanely late.
5. Student who understands not one word of Spanish that I will assault them with.
6. Student who asks if we are going to have any homework.
7. Student who asks if we can just watch a movie.
8. Student who sleeps so soundly that snoring and/or drooling ensues.
9. Fire or Tornado drill.
10.Student still on vacation.
I will not encounter any of this:
1. Fights- they will all be too tired.
2. Christmas cards or gifts that anyone forgot to give me before break.
3. Students who are sad that our semester is coming to an end.
4. Good coffee in the office or lounge. (or anywhere else)
5. People happy to be back.
What the hell am I going to have my students DO tomorrow???? 7:45 am is sooo freaking early. They are just not going to be in the mood at all. And neither am I.